Hi, I'm Shawnna

I create graphics and digital design resources specifically for female bloggers, crafters and biz owners; providing a fun girly style for your brand, social presence or hand-made products.

With easy access and affordability, your design needs are met with flexible licensing for graphics that are simply perfect for all your many projects.

When I'm not designing I'll be out walking the dogs, binging on Netflix or curled up with a good book.

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All Access Pass

All Access Pass from Lovelytocu


This is fast becoming one of my best sellers and for good reason. The All Access Pass gives you the entire store inventory for all three of my shops; Lovelytocu, The Friendly Flamingo and Terrific Templates for one low price. As if that wasn't enough, you also get all newly released products for a whole year!

With a total value of over $5k of instantly available product, you save more than 98% off the regular price plus you get any additional products released throughout the year. That's a pretty substantial savings!

The Pass also comes with two License tiers for the utmost versatility depending on your design needs. Choose from a basic commercial use license with credit required or an extended no credit commercial license.

Read through my License terms to determine what suits your needs best.

Once you purchase the Pass you'll receive instructions and an exclusive code to use in my online store, unlocking the entire inventory for a full 12 months. Just download what you need, when you need it, as many times as required.

You'll get monthly emails from me with updates on newly available product and occasionally a heads up on what I'll be working on next.

It's just that simple.


Shawnna

Custom Graphics

Custom character graphics from Lovelytocu.ca


Looking for a customization of my ready-made in-stock graphics? I've got you covered with easy to order super affordable options that give you the look you need to match your brand, your blog or that crafty project you've got goin' on.

OPTION 1: Choose a simple edit where we just swap out the head on any design set for any one of my other pre-made characters. Easy peasy. From just $15.

OPTION 2: For even more flexibility you can build your own character from a wider selection of ready-made mix and match options. From just $22.

OPTION 3: Want to mix and match poses from across all my design sets to build the perfect package just for you? No problem, I've got that too! Starting at $25.

Choose from each of these quick order options here.


CONFUSED?

I create character graphics. Each gal I create is named and comes in a few ready-made variations that are included automatically with your purchase of the stock imagery in my shop.

For example, every caucasian gal comes made with blonde, brunette and auburn hair as well as blue, green and brown eyes for each image. Darker gals come in three skin tone variations.

My design sets, or packs, usually have three character poses in them. But some have four or six. Either way, each listed product in my shop is referred to as a design 'set'.

But that's what is offered as stock art in my shop.

I also offer a selection of customizations to any of the design sets in my shop. Things like color changes, character swaps, and even creating your own design set from across all my stock art.

What's a character swap you ask? Simple, we just replace one head design with that of another from my pre-made or build your own options!

Everything offered is based on my pre-made artwork, and while I don't currently offer a more bespoke service to create brand new designs, there are a considerable number of options for creating a more personalized graphic in the above selections. Plus, I'm always adding more stock options to my store!

See some examples of what this looks like here.

Still have questions? Drop me a line and I'll see if I can help. Contact me here.



Shawnna

Digital Downloads

Troubleshooting guide for digital downloads by Lovelytocu

I'm often contacted for technical support on my digital downloads. Not for use of the files themselves, but for issues on accessing the folder contents, download errors or software compatibility. Usually, this comes from newbie users who simply aren't too familiar with the whole process of downloading files, but even the more seasoned user can run into niggly little tech problems.

So I've put together this helpful guide on the top most common issues that crop up for my own customers. This guide is also included with all downloads in my Terrific Templates shop because due to the types of files offered here the problems tend to crop up more often.

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What's Included Here:

1. Correctly unzipping file folders
2. Where and how to save downloaded files
3. File types and software compatibility
4. Corruption on download

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WHY UNZIP FOLDERS

Zipped folders are a digital standard for file delivery as zipping the folder allows multiple files to be transmitted together inside a single folder and at a smaller byte size.

The process of ‘zipping’ compresses the folder to make the overall folder size smaller, and in doing so the composition of the folder and its contents are changed. In this changed state, files may not work as expected or at all.

The action of ‘unzipping’ (or extracting as Windows refers to it) reverts the contents back to their original form. And so, it is absolutely necessary to fully and correctly unzip any folder before attempting to use the contents inside.

In recent versions of Microsoft operating systems, you are able to view the contents of a zipped folder, which can cause some confusion for unsuspecting users. Don’t be fooled by a zipped folder!

Here is what you should be looking for:

zip folder example

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HOW TO UNZIP FOLDERS

Regardless of what operating system or computer type you are using, the process of unzipping (extracting) should create a duplicate unzipped folder on your computer. (this may work differently on mobile devices depending on your app program)

The actual process differs a little bit depending on your device type and system but the end result is always the same. Once you have ‘unzipped’ your folder and you have that duplicate ‘unzipped version available… just delete the zipped version as you really don’t need it anymore (and it saves hard drive space to do so).

Not sure how to unzip a folder? This tutorial gives you the basics for each device type but if you need more detailed information or if your device or system isn’t listed, a quick google search for “how to unzip on a (fill in the blank)” will likely give you all the info you need and probably a YouTube video as well.

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SAVING FOLDERS

By default, most downloads will automatically be saved in a special “Downloads” folder on your PC. This works great, however, it’s not the best place to permanently store files that you wish to use.

Once you’ve unzipped your download it is best practice to save that folder elsewhere on your computer, such as your documents folder or even your desktop.

The reason for this is similar to the previous section on accessing zipped folders. For some reason, accessing files that are located in the downloads file can cause unexpected errors sometimes. The downloads folder seems to work a bit different from other folders and the issue crops up sporadically; and honestly, I have no idea why, but if my tech guy says “just save the files on your PC elsewhere, not in the downloads folder”, then that’s what I do. From experience, this does work out better.

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FILE TYPES

Knowing which file types work in what software is key to successfully working with any files you might download. My own products at Terrific Templates are offered in a variety of file types in order to provide all users with the tools they need for their projects. Depending on your skills and available software it’s likely that you will not need every file type offered.

This article explains the difference between a variety of file types and their purpose.

In order to use the files you’ve downloaded for editing or designing, you are going to need to open them in an appropriate software program for the relevant file type. (refer to my article link above to learn what each of the file types are in your download)

You may already have software on your computer that is up to the task for the project you have in mind but there are many free or inexpensive options to choose from if you don’t.

Here are a few choices depending on your skill level: MS Publisher, Powerpoint, Paint.net, Pixlr, PicMonkey, Photopea, Gimp, Inkscape, Photoshop Elements.

Each of these programs does require at least some editing knowledge to use them, and some are easier to learn than others. In all cases there are many tutorials available online.

When searching for a ‘how to’ tutorial I recommend doing a general search rather than focusing on the exact project you are working on.

For example; if you are trying to change the color of a shape in a planner sticker template, just search for “change shape color in Pixlr” instead of “edit planner sticker templates”.

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CORRUPTION ON DOWNLOAD

While this doesn’t happen very often, it certainly can happen. Files being transmitted over the internet do not always arrive at their destination in one piece. There’s no blame to place for this, it’s just the nature of how things work. Occasionally glitches happen.

If you suspect there is something seriously wrong with your download, or if the folder is empty, it’s likely that the transmission was interrupted or incomplete.

The best option, in this case, is to delete your first attempt and simply try again ensuring that you have a good strong internet connection while doing so.

While this may be frustrating, there’s not a whole lot anyone can do to prevent such a circumstance from happening. We are limited by the technology we have.

If an actual file corruption persists you can usually contact the site or seller of the file to get an emailed copy. I provide this as an option in my own shops, but only for actual file corruption situations.

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WHAT NEXT?

If you are still experiencing technical issues with my own files after going through all of the above, don’t hesitate to get in touch. I’m happy to assist.

Regardless of whose file you are having issues with, consider the following list of points before getting in touch. In order for anyone to provide you with technical support they are going to need a few basic pieces of info to get started.

1. Know your device type, operating system and the software you are trying to use if applicable, it really helps out with troubleshooting more specifically to your computer. If you don’t know this you can find the info on your PC by pressing the Windows logo key + R, type winver, then select OK.

2. Be prepared to send a screenshot of your entire screen showing the issue you are having. This way, they can see what you see, and there are no misunderstandings with terminology.

3. Be polite and patient. Yes, tech issues are frustrating. Sure, you have better things to do with your time, but these little technical issues are rarely anyone’s fault. Work together to find the solution.


Happy Crafting
Shawnna

Image File Types

Understanding Image File Types and how to use them, by Lovelytocu.ca


When you purchase art work online, whether for your website or blog, a digital craft project or to print out and use as a physical element it is handy to know and understand the file types that are being offered with your purchase.

The following is a list of the most common image file types and design file types offered with a digital art work purchase:


Common Image Types

JPEG - this is the default file format for photographs and is ideal for any image file with complex color gradients. JPG does not support transparency and if repeatedly edited and saved will be degraded in quality each time.

TIFF - used mainly in professional photography printing this file type is not widely supported by web browsers.  

PNG - used specifically for clip art as this file type offers transparency enabling images to be easily layered into design work.  Well supported by web browsers PNG files are lossless and often provide a sharper web image for illustrations containing simple color blocks than JPEG versions.  

SVG - there is a lot more to this file type than I will describe here, but the basics are that this image file is scalable, meaning you can resize without any resolution loss.  this is a popular file type for use with cutting machines like Cricut or Silhouette and more traditionally in web design.

DXF - this is a type of AutoCAD file and typically presents as a simple outline of a graphic. this is now commonly used by cutting machine users wanting to edit and personalize graphics in their cutting machine software.


Old School File Types

GIF - this file type has been around for a long while, suitable only for illustration images with few collars and simple design.  It allows animation with a low file size perfect for web applications.

BMP - created originally for Windows (think MS Paint) this file type doesn't support transparency but does provide nice sharp graphics.  Unfortunately the file size for BMP does not make them useful for web so they remain a print only file format when used.


Image as Document File

PDF - a file format that is used to present and share documents containing text or graphics independent of software, hardware or operating system. this offers a reliable way to present printable art work or design files. PDF files can be either fixed or editable depending on how they are designed and set up.


Software Specific Files

AI - Adobe Illustrator software files which can only be opened in software programs compatible with this file extension

PSD - Adobe Photoshop software files which can only be opened in software programs compatible with this file extension

EPS - typically created by Adobe Illustrator, the advantage of an EPS version is that it can be opened in other software programs aside from Adobe. however depending on which software you have used to open it with you may only be able to access the image preview.


Shawnna

How to Unzip Files


So, what is a .zip folder anyway?  A ZIP file is basically a digital folder containing any number of documents or images that has been compressed into a format that is accepted for upload / download across the internet. (that’s the short version)

All of my own graphics are provided as digital downloads that will arrive to you in a ZIP file and so I’m often asked by first-timers or infrequent users on how to best go about opening such a file.

Hence this little tutorial!

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If you’ve never come across a .zip file before and you’re not particularly techie minded it can be a little frustrating to deal with depending on which computer operating system you have and how downloads are automatically handled on your computer.  And of course, mobile devices offer a whole separate challenge!

All of the solutions provided here use the default software already included within your operating system, no need for special programs or purchased software, with the exception of mobile devices.

DESKTOP or LAPTOP COMPUTERS

Windows 7 thru 10
- Right-click on the Zip file and choose “Extract All”
- Choose a location for the folder to be extracted into
- Keep the "Show extracted files when complete" unchecked
- Click on "Extract" button to start the extraction
- This folder is now your working copy of the Zip file
- You may keep the Zip file or delete it
OR
- in your downloads folder, you'll find an Extract menu button on the top navigation bar
- click this and follow the prompts, in much the same way as above

Windows XP and Vista
- Double click on the zip folder
- In the window that opens, click on the “Extract all Files” link
- The “Extraction Wizard” will open, click “Next”
- Choose a destination for your unzipped folder
- Click “Finish” to complete the process
- This folder is now your working copy of the Zip file
- You may keep the Zip file or delete it

Mac
- double click on the zip file
- job done


Special Note: Where you download a zip file to on your computer can affect the ability to extract correctly or fully access the unzipped version.  Always make sure that you are downloading zip files to either a dedicated downloads folder, your main documents folder or directly to your desktop.  You may then move the folders to other locations as needed.  Some of my customers have had issues in particular with Microsoft Live Photo Gallery being the default location for ALL downloads.  This won’t work for .zip files!


MOBILE DEVICES

For mobile devices you will need to install an appropriate app in order to download and open .zip files.

iOS
Winzip is a free app and comes highly recommended by experts

- Once the app is installed you will have an option to “Open in Winzip”
- This will reveal the contents of the zipped folder
- Click “Open In” to choose where you wish to extract the zip folder contents to
- You should now be able to access the files in their new location
- Note that you won’t be able to open a file type if you do not have a corresponding app to, but all image files will open in the camera roll or photos app

Android
ZArchiver is a free app and comes highly recommended by experts

- Open ZArchiver and use the file manager to find the zip folder
- Click on the file when you find it
- Use the View option to see the files in the zip folder
- If needed you can extract a single file or extract all
- once extracted the files will be in your main folder for full access


Shawnna

20 Jewelry Logos Under $30

Affordable pre-made Jewelry Logos Under $30

Below you'll find a small selection of pre-made logo creations specifically designed for the handmade jewelry, all for less than $30 each.

Commissioning a unique logo for your new handmade business can be a big investment when you are just starting out and is often quite prohibitive to those who might be operating on a shoestring budget. Afterall, professional logo designers can often charge hundreds if not thousands of dollars.

But while it's helpful to have a logo for your handmade business right from day one, you don't necessarily need to spend lots of money to get there.

Having a logo establishes who you are as a business, it reveals your identity and sets you apart from your competition and most importantly it helps you advertise your products.

Brand new business startups, especially those in the solopreneur craft market industry, often go through an initial identity evolution. So it doesn't always make sense to put a lot of time and money into perfecting your branding right away. It can be far more important to focus more on the product, sales, and general marketing so that you actually get your business up and running.

Of course, you'll still want your business to look good, to adequately represent who you are, and have a polished professional look.

Enter the pre-made logo. These are logos that are already designed with only the addition of your own business name and/or tagline to be inserted. Some are sold more than once and others are sold only one time; so it varies as to whether or not the logo is truly unique, but with so many to choose from at such a great price point it is a very viable approach to choosing a logo for your startup craft business.

The following is a roundup of 20 picks for jewelry specific logos:

Affordable pre-made Jewelry Logos Under $30

Find the above logos at these Etsy shops:

Shawnna


*This page may contain affiliate links to products or services that I personally recommend. If you purchase something from this page, I may receive a small percentage of the sale at no extra cost to you.

20 Knitting Logos Under $35

Affordable logo for your handmade knitting or crochet business

Here you'll find a small selection of pre-made logo creations specifically designed for the handmade yarn crafter, whether that's knitting or crochet, all for less than $35 each.

Commissioning a unique logo for your new handmade business can be a big investment when you are just starting out and is often quite prohibitive to those who might be operating on a shoestring budget. Afterall, professional logo designers can often charge hundreds if not thousands of dollars.

But while it's helpful to have a logo for your handmade business right from day one, you don't necessarily need to spend lots of money to get there.

Having a logo establishes who you are as a business, it reveals your identity and sets you apart from your competition and most importantly it helps you advertise your products.

Brand new business startups, especially those in the solopreneur craft market industry, often go through an initial identity evolution. So it doesn't always make sense to put a lot of time and money into perfecting your branding right away. It can be far more important to focus more on the product, sales, and general marketing so that you actually get your business up and running.

Of course, you'll still want your business to look good, to adequately represent who you are, and have a polished professional look.

Enter the pre-made logo. These are logos that are already designed with only the addition of your own business name and/or tagline to be inserted. Some are sold more than once and others are sold only one time; so it varies as to whether or not the logo is truly unique, but with so many to choose from at such a great price point it is a very viable approach to choosing a logo for your startup craft business.

The following is a roundup of 20 picks for yarn craft specific logos:


Find the above logos at these Etsy shops:

Shawnna


*This page may contain affiliate links to products or services that I personally recommend. If you purchase something from this page, I may receive a small percentage of the sale at no extra cost to you.

20 Sewing Logos Under $30

Finding an affordable logo for your new handmade sewing business

Below you'll find a small selection of pre-made logo creations specifically designed for the handmade sewing crafter, all for less than $30 each.

Commissioning a unique logo for your new handmade business can be a big investment when you are just starting out and is often quite prohibitive to those who might be operating on a shoestring budget. Afterall, professional logo designers can often charge hundreds if not thousands of dollars.

But while it's helpful to have a logo for your handmade business right from day one, you don't necessarily need to spend lots of money to get there.

Having a logo establishes who you are as a business, it reveals your identity and sets you apart from your competition and most importantly it helps you advertise your products.

Brand new business startups, especially those in the solopreneur craft market industry, often go through an initial identity evolution. So it doesn't always make sense to put a lot of time and money into perfecting your branding right away. It can be far more important to focus more on the product, sales, and general marketing so that you actually get your business up and running.

Of course, you'll still want your business to look good, to adequately represent who you are, and have a polished professional look.

Enter the pre-made logo. These are logos that are already designed with only the addition of your own business name and/or tagline to be inserted. Some are sold more than once and others are sold only one time; so it varies as to whether or not the logo is truly unique, but with so many to choose from at such a great price point it is a very viable approach to choosing a logo for your startup craft business.

The following is a roundup of 20 picks for sewing specific logos:



Find the above logos at these Etsy shops:
1. Cicada Street Designs
2. Really Really Useful
3. Jupiter Street Designs
4. Jupiter Street Designs
5. Karnoug
6. The Paper Girl Co
7. Naty Studio
8. Esani
9. Yellow Wellies Designs
10. Little Bird BB
11. Ciccone Design
12. Freckled And Fair
13. Fresh Lavender Designs
14. Jupiter Street Designs
15. The Paper Girl Co
16. Autumn Lane Paperie
17. Canvas 11
18. Melime Design Studio
19. Papelvivo Design
20. Stelaris Design

Find even more logos like this at various price points when you shop on Etsy.


Happy crafting!
Shawnna



*This page may contain affiliate links to products or services that I personally recommend. If you purchase something from this page, I may receive a small percentage of the sale at no extra cost to you.
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